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Charges mount for former FSU quarterback


Published: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 2:21 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE - The legal problems for former Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson are mounting.

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Adrian McPherson could face additional charges for checks that were cashed at the Publix supermarket chain.

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Prosecutors filed two additional felony charges against McPherson on Wednesday for his role in a November check scam at a local auto accessories company.

McPherson, 19, was initially arrested on a felony and misdemeanor charge for taking a blank check from the business, R&R Truck and Auto Accessories, in Tallahassee. The check was later made out for $3,500 and cashed.

But after a handwriting analysis alleged McPherson wrote the check, authorities added the felony charges of making out the check and then cashing the forged document.

What happened to the money remains a question, leading to speculation about possible gambling debts. However, a two-month investigation by local and state authorities has not turned up any developments on the gambling front.

``The investigation is progressing and the FSU police are expecting that they will have it completed by the end of February,'' university police Chief Carey Drayton said Thursday.

McPherson could face additional charges for checks that were cashed at the Publix supermarket chain.

``There are other bad checks that have been brought in here by Publix and we're looking at those,'' assistant state attorney Paul Driver said Thursday. ``I'm not sure where we're going to go with those.''

McPherson is scheduled to appear for case management March 6. His attorney, Grady Irvin Jr. of St. Petersburg, did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.

McPherson, who is from Bradenton, has enrolled at Murray (Ky.) State, where he would be eligible to play football next fall.

A former ``Mr. Football'' and ``Mr. Basketball'' in Florida, McPherson is the only person to capture both honors in the same season in the Sunshine State.

He started four games at quarterback, replacing Chris Rix after the eighth game of the season.

It was the first time in a dozen seasons Florida State coach Bobby Bowden changed quarterbacks for any reason other than an injury. He replaced Brad Johnson, quarterback of the 2003 Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in 1990 with Casey Weldon.

McPherson appeared in nine games for Florida State last season, He completed 80 of 155 passes for 1,017 yards with 12 TD passes and only one interception. He went 3-1 in his four starts, losing 17-7 at North Carolina State in November when the offense failed to score.

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